20/8/2009

The answer is perhaps a Victorian solution to a Victorian problem. In the 19th century there was a campaign to give everyone the opportunity to take part in the culture of literacy by establishing public libraries in every town and every village. This was immensely successful. I think we should do t…

The answer is perhaps a Victorian solution to a Victorian problem. In the 19th century there was a campaign to give everyone the opportunity to take part in the culture of literacy by establishing public libraries in every town and every village. This was immensely successful. I think we should do the same for technology. Let’s establish public workshops so everyone has the chance to investigate, repair and more deeply appreciate their mobile phone or any other of the growing family of machines in our lives.

Is the instruction manual heading for extinction? by Mark Miodownik

I think this is a terrific idea. I love technology, but hate the fact that you can’t viably repair it. And I love manuals. I often sit down with a contented sigh to read a good (and by good I mean comprehensive, this is what this thing can do and how to do it’) manual.


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